The Message

For my birthday, my lovely wife gave me The Message. It’s a translation of the Bible into today’s language. I absolutely love it. Here’s a comparison:

Psalms 23 (NIV)
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalms 23 (The Message)
God, my shepherd!
  I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
  you find me quiet pools to drink from.

True to your word,
  you let me catch my breath
  and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through
  Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
  when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
  makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner
  right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
  my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me
  every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
  for the rest of my life.

I highly recommend The Message for anyone that has read the Bible and gave up because it was hard to read. I also like it because it takes the poetic passages and translates them poetically.

Updates

Wow, so it’s been a while since I’ve done this. Let’s see if I remember how to do it :).

Clear back on the 14th of July, I had to take my laptop in to have the hard drive replaced. It turns out that something was wrong with the logic board that was making my hard drives fry after a year of use. It only took a couple of days to get it back (the Apple dealer here had to send it in to Apple to get it fixed) and now my laptop is back in action.

While all of that was happening, I received an email from my web hosting company that I had failed to pay for the last 6 months. I thought this was strange, but Andrew told me that this company (OLM) has a horrid billing department with no concept of automatic billing. I had been considering for a while switching services because they also had no concept of SSH port forwarding or TLS/SSL to encrypt passwords for email. I ended up purchasing a Linode and started the process of transitioning my web site and mail server over to my new server. I had quick crash courses in DNS, Apache, Exim, Postfix, Dovecot, SSL, TLS, SASL, and server security and finally put up my server live on the 26th or 27th of July. Everything, so far, is working well (thank you Ubuntu).

The only thing left to do is figure out how to organize my mail on the server into folders so I can IMAP in (with TLS and SSL which is set up) from anywhere and read my mailing list mail in an organized fashion. I’m thinking that I’ll have to figure out how procmail works in order to do that. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

September and I also just celebrated our 1st anniversary this past Wednesday. This first year really flew, but it was fun. I wouldn’t trade it, even for an iPod ;).

With all of this going on, I haven’t had much time to work on Coaster. Since I’ve got my laptop back and my server is now hosted in a sane place with sane billing, I can focus on Coaster more. I keep postponing the release for 0.1.5, so I’m not going to set another date. It’ll just have to be a surprise.